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Guidelines to Distress a Leather Jacket

distressed-leather-jacketDistressed leather jackets or overcoats are a long-lasting trend of the fashion world that has fascinated every generation, almost becoming a transitional phase, from young to maturity.

“Fashion is something barbarous, for it generates advancement without purpose, and replica without benefit.”

Well, that is probably a true fact, but there is one such fashion piece that I think even George Santayana, the Spanish-American poet and essayist, would thank the barbaric, unreasonable, and fortunately, imitable world of fashion for coming up with is the incredibly stunning understanding of troubled Leather jackets!

Sure, it may appear like crazy idea to buy new leather jacket, and then treat it to make it look like worn out and old, but then, that is the reason style is continually accursed with the tag of being absolutely impractical. Distressed leather is used to make various outfits, such as safety gloves, belts, jackets and overcoats. Most customers tend to discover such leather more than the new one. The jackets made of the worn out leather, are one of those styles that never seem to die down. If you cannot find such a jacket for yourself, then what you could do is, buy a new leather jacket, and then cure it yourself to get that old, distressed look.

Tips How to Distress a Leather Jacket
If you have been eying that distressed leather motorbike jacket that your friend owns for years now, then you can style your own coat too. In order to make your jacket distressed you only need is a jacket made from leather, sandpaper, wire brush, 2 spray bottles, rubbing alcohol, water, and a rag. Given below are the guidelines to treat a jacket, and convert it into an old jacket.

  • Take both the spray containers. Fill up one with rubbing alcohol, and the other with water.
  • Now spray it on the leather jacket where you want to distress with rubbing alcohol. Keep it in mind that the area should be completely soaked in the alcohol.
  • Now with the help of wire brush and start brushing the area of jacket that you just sprayed on the alcohol on. Brush it till the color of jacket gets changed. It is depended on you how much distress look you want. If you want very little then rough up your jacket for very little time.
  • For smoother worn out look you must use sandpaper on the alcohol-treated areas.
  • After you treated the jacket you should use second spray bottle which is filled with water to wipe out the rubbing alcohol. After this wipe your jacket with rag.

While I will not vouch to the following technique of distressing leather, there are people, who seem to believe about how well it functions on leather jackets. Some of them report that crumpling and then throwing the jacket around at the neighborhood baseball area, and then cleaning off the unwanted dirt provides you with a brownish, old-looking coat, which will look like, it is directly out of Harrison Ford’s In Jackson collection.

However, test this at your own risk. I would still go in for the rubbing alcohol, and wire brush method to deal with my jacket. Reviews of leather overcoats always harp about the care that they need. Distressed jackets, though they look worn out and old, need the same care and attention. If you have your own leather jacket, then it is essential to you to know how to clean it. Always, hang the jacket on a hook, preferably a wooden one, and avoid foldable it, as it may cause creases. Remember to never wash with water or dry clean the jacket.